Evidence presented in the fourth day of sentencing for Canada’s Quebec mosque shooter points to an obsession with United States President Donald Trump, right-wing media and Muslims.
For the month leading up the shooting on Jan. 29 of last year, Mr. Bissonnette, 28, was monitoring Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed and reading news about the U.S. president on a daily basis, according the evidence presented during the sentencing hearing.
The accused killed six men and injured a further nineteen during a gun attack at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, ad pleaded guilty in March to to six counts of first degree murder and six of attempted murder.
On Friday, it was revealed that Bissonnette was pushed to act and attacked the mosque because of a tweet from his prime minister inviting more refugees that came in response to Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.
Prosecutor Thomas Jacques told the court that Bissonnette had a selfie with a Make America Great Again hat on, the signature campaign motto of Mr. Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, along with selfies of him holding rifles.
“The same themes come up repeatedly (in Bissonnette’s computer): firearms, mass shootings, the question of Islam and feminism, and the mosque” where the attack occurred, prosecutor Thomas Jacques said Monday.
The accused researched statistics showing the percentage of people from various religions in countries around the world, and the number of immigrants in those countries, local media reported.
He also did research on Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime and had saved cartoons targeting Muslims.
More details to follow. Image of Alexandre Bisonnette from previous files.